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ESPN compares Cubs fans to Big Blue Nation during last night’s home opener

Big Blue Nation got a shout-out on last night’s ESPN broadcast of the Chicago Cubs’ home opener last night. In talking about the Chicago faithful during the raising of the new World Series banner, Karl Ravech said, “The blue that you see here is like Kentucky Wildcats when they travel as a basketball program.”

It’s not quite as good and unexpected as the Kentucky basketball reference during CNN’s live coverage of the Syria strike last week, but #BlueGotIn to a nationally-televised conversation once again.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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15 Comments for ESPN compares Cubs fans to Big Blue Nation during last night’s home opener

  1. catsarerunnin
    3:43 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

    It was cool to hear but Cubs fans “traveling” to Wrigley and wearing blue doesn’t do justice to how well BBN travels.

  2. ClutchCargo
    3:57 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

    That comparison is just absurd. One crowd cheers for a baseball team that has historically been terrible; while the other… well, you know. The only similarity is a lot of people wearing that shade of blue. If/when the UK football team makes it to national prominence, then you have a valid comparison.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      4:05 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

      The massive number of people all wearing blue was the only thing they were comparing.

    • catsarerunnin
      4:15 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

      He said it was like when Kentucky fans “travel” to support their program. Colors wasn’t the only comparison. Cubs fans wearing Cubs blue after “traveling” to their ballpark isn’t anything like Kentucky fans painting every city blue regardless of distance when the Cats play.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      4:25 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

      He said travel in context of identifying UK fans, but he was not comparing traveling between UK and anyone else. He was only comparing the masses of blue-clad people.

    • On the Outside
      4:51 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

      The comparison is not as absurd as you think it is. Love them or hate them; Cub fans are extremely passionate about their team and follow Cub baseball like a religion. They come from all over urban and rural areas throughout the Midwest to make the pilgrimage to Wrigley Field. They arrive early at Wrigley Field clad in blue simply for the game day atmosphere around the ballpark, and they stay until end to sing their anthem. Being a Cub fan passes from generation to generation to generation and knows no gender, race, or creed. And when the Cubs are on the road, whether it be in Miami, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, or Denver, Cub fans often equal or outnumber the home team fans. Game 7 of the World Series had at least 10,000 Cub fans in attendance in Cleveland with another 5,000 outside in the plaza.

    • doobie brother
      4:52 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

      I’m not sure how Cub fans watching their team at Wrigley and Cat fans traveling across the country are similar. Sure there are many Cub fans scattered across the country but that’s largely due to displaced Chicagoans and the fact that many Cub games are broadcasted on WGN. If you watch Cubs away games you often see a significant number of Cubs fans.

      I live in Illinois and it’s amazing how many Cubs fans came of the woodwork last year. They’re annoying as hell!

  3. 4KCATS
    4:10 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

    Unfortunately I live in northern Illinois and the last thing I would ever want to be compared to is a Cubs fan. After finally lucking into ending a 100+ year drought, to hear Cubs fans talk one would think they just won their 10th consecutive World Series title and the rest of Major League baseball has no chance for at least the next 5 years. Conceded idiots, start to finish. Karl Ravech just showed his ignorance.

    • Mathlete
      4:17 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink


      And sure they’re talking trash, but they’re also winning so far. It’s only arrogance if you aren’t backing it up. Everyone squawks when they’re winning, they finally get their turn after waiting more than a century.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      4:26 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

      You can’t exactly expect them to act like they’ve been there before and show grace. Have pity on the newbies.

    • On the Outside
      5:05 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

      There are conceited idiots in every fan base, but most Cub fans are humble because they’re well aware of their team’s futility from the front office all they way down the field level. The whole organization has been rebuilt, and there is reason for excitement that you’re mistaking for narcissism.

    • leon singleton
      8:34 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

      I’ve been a Wildcat fan since 1945 and a Cub fan since 1950.

  4. damage_control
    4:19 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

    F the Cubs

  5. runningunnin.454
    4:59 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

    Come on folks, give ’em a break; show me one person that remembers their last W.S title.
    I was watching last night, and I thought the BBN reference was great….that game had a huge national audience.
    And, I think what the guy was saying, was that it looked like Kentucky was playing….all the blue, that’s all.

    • catsarerunnin
      6:55 pm April 11, 2017 Permalink

      ESPN saying something positive about UK and its fan base is a switch. At least that’s something.